Libertarianism is a belief system that allows maximum individual freedoms and proscribes a minimal government...and one that protects individual freedoms above all else. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertarian Libertarian socialism Main article: Libertarian socialism Libertarian socialism aims to create a society in which all violent or coercive institutions would be dissolved, and in their place every person would have free, equal access to tools of information and production, or a society in which such coercive institutions and hierarchies were drastically reduced in scope. This equality and freedom would be achieved through the abolition of "authoritarian" institutions such as an individuals right to own private property, in order that direct control of the means of production and resources will be gained by the working class and society as a whole. Political philosophies commonly described as libertarian socialist include: most varieties of anarchism (especially anarchist communism, anarchist collectivism, anarcho-syndicalism, social ecology, and council communism (or even communism itself, as it is described by Karl Marx or Lenin in a further stage of development of socialism).  Libertarian conservatism Main articles: Libertarian conservatism and Right-libertarianism Libertarian conservatism describes certain political ideologies which combine libertarian economic issues with social conservatism. Its four main branches are Constitutionalism, paleolibertarianism, small government conservatism, and Christian libertarianism[dubious – discuss]. They generally differ from paleoconservatives, in that they are in favor of more personal and economic freedom. Agorists such as Samuel Edward Konkin III consider libertarian conservatism a form of right-libertarianism. Notable libertarian conservatives include Barry Goldwater and Ron Paul.. In constrast to paleoconservatives, libertarian conservatives support strict laissez-faire policies such as free trade, opposition to the Federal Reserve and opposition to most business regulations. They are vehemently opposed to environmental regulations, corporate welfare, subsidies, and other areas of economic intervention. Many of them have views in accord to Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard.  Others align themselves with Milton Friedman. Libertarian conservatives are more tolerant to social issues such as drug legalization and illegal immigration than paleoconservatives. They see that illegal immigration is caused by the welfare state, that should be first get rid of. They're more tolerant to gay marriage, although they think that marriage should be deregulated by the state and should be a church function. However, many of them oppose abortion, as they see it as a positive liberty and violates the non-aggression principle because abortion is aggression towards the fetus.[60 Is Libertarinism realistic? Would a true Libertarian government be possible. I have to admit, that I don't think it is a possibility. It is about as realistic as communism. Is it possible to have a government that would truely be laissez-faire? In order to have a government that works in a laissez-faire environment you need to be able to have a government without corruption, else various parties will be using government to gain a competitve advantage as is the case today. Is a corruption free governement possible? And why are not more so called Libertarians outraged over government corruption? http://www.libertarianism.com/definitions.htm More definitions: Lib·er·tar·i·an: One who advocates maximizing individual rights and minimizing the role of the state. -- American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition * * * "Libertarianism is a philosophy. The basic premise of libertarianism is that each individual should be free to do as he or she pleases so long as he or she does not harm others. In the libertarian view, societies and governments infringe on individual liberties whenever they tax wealth, create penalties for victimless crimes, or otherwise attempt to control or regulate individual conduct which harms or benefits no one except the individual who engages in it." -- definition written by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (!), during the process of granting the Advocates for Self-Government status as a non-profit educational organization. * * * "Libertarianism is, as the name implies, the belief in liberty. Libertarians believe that each person owns his own life and property, and has the right to make his own choices as to how he lives his life - as long as he simply respects the same right of others to do the same." -- Sharon Harris, President, Advocates for Self-Government * * * "Libertarianism promotes a society where no one is the first to harm (strike, defraud, steal from) another. If someone fails to obey this one-and-only law, then he or she must make things right again with the one who is harmed. The only legitimate use of force is self-defense. Basically, libertarianism is a restatement of how we learned to get along with each other as youngsters. We honor our neighbors' choices, and they honor ours. We don't start fights and only fight back when attacked. We try to make right any wrongs that we do. Simple, isn't it?" -- Dr. Mary Ruwart, Author, Healing Our World I like Libertarian principals. I just don't think a truely Libertarian state is realistic given the current state of our technology and society.